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The Siege by SeanE The Siege by SeanE
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inks by joe weems

Finally... finished....

I saw this picture on Steve's old podcollective site many many years ago and in my naivity and newbie-ness asked him if I could have the high res black and whites. Steve said, no... :)

Then about 2 years ago he sent them to me in a batch of old high res files. I was floored. The original file is a poster 3 feet wide and 2 feet high and the level of detail in the black and whites is stunning. I sat and looked at it, and put it away and looked at it again and so on, all the while thinking how'd I'd tackle the colours.

Then last January I saw "Avatar" and was motivated to finally give this a go. I thought I'd use sunset colours of purples and oranges and the like and so started flatting it. The flats alone took me over a week to do.

So I started to colour it but after almost 2 weeks of effort I'd done nothing but the people and some of the trees. (it's that detailed in parts) and at that point I had to admit to myself that it sucked.... it was the sucky mcsuck from suckville in the State of Suck.

So ditching everything that I'd colored so far I went back to Steve's version and realised that that was the best colour scheme for it after all. So, after everything this just becomes a study in colour combinations and technique and I admit freely that I've copied Steve's colours which can be seen here --> [link] but that's ok because I know Steve won't mind, right Steve?(... umm... Steve...? Mate...? :D ...) There's actually only about 6 separate colours in the whole thing, the rest is layer modes and blending technique!

So now, over 6 weeks later, here it is... ta-dahhh... *phew*

Now onto something else... something... simple... I think... :P

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phantomdotexe Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
An excellent image, if I do say so myself. I love the composition, and the way it draws the eye around the image.
AdmiralMemo Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
It makes my eyes hurt...
NeoBlackZero Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
An amazing piece
thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
Avatar before Avatar=]
JoshTempleton Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
MirrorwoodComics Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful piece, a fascinating place.
damon771 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
how can you maked to get cooperation with joe weems, here in serbia a few people know about him, my congratulations its for respect
maxmillean Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning scene.
BrenGun Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
wow amayzing!!!!!
SpiderGuile Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful!
Dante-Picasso Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
Steve is a very scary man.
NicoleHansche Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010   Traditional Artist
o man, the colors are incredible in this's so eerie, but pretty at the same time...i love it!
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